Geir Otto Pedersen (born 28 September 1955) is a Norwegian diplomat, who is currently the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria.

Geir Otto Pedersen
Pedersen in 2017
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria
Assumed office
31 October 2018
Appointed byAntónio Guterres
Preceded byStaffan de Mistura
Personal details
Born (1955-09-28) September 28, 1955 (age 67)
Oslo, Norway

Career Edit

Born in Oslo,[1] Pedersen is a cand.philol. by education and started working for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985.

In 1993, Pedersen was a member of the Norwegian team to the Oslo negotiations, which led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and mutual recognition between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel. In the following years, from 1995 to 1998, Pedersen held several positions at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1998, he was posted abroad, serving as the Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority.[1]

Pedersen later worked for the United Nations in several roles, which included as the Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Southern Lebanon from 2005 to 2007, and following as the Special Coordinator for Lebanon from 2007 to 2008. He also served the United Nations as Director of the Asia and Pacific Division in the Department of Political Affairs.

He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as deputy under-secretary of state, then served as Norway's ambassador to the United Nations from 2012 to 2017 and to China from 2017 to 2018.

In January 2019, he started a tenure as the United Nations Special Envoy to Syria.[2]

Personal life Edit

Pedersen is married and has five children.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c "Geir O. Pedersen".
  2. ^ "Geir Otto Pedersen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 9 March 2019.
Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Norwegian Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Preceded by Norwegian ambassador to China
Succeeded by
Mattis Raustøl
(as chargé d'Affaires)